NRHC Calls for Quilts for New Exhibit

The National Ranching Heritage Center has issued a call for quilts to be displayed in the "Quilted History II" exhibit. The first "Quilted History" show was held in 2005. More than 60 quilts were displayed and Curator Robin Gilliam Crawford expects to fill the museum's Main Gallery again.

Quilts will be accepted at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth Street in Lubbock, between 1 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8.

The exhibit with special award ribbons in place will open on Feb. 23 and run through April 20, 2008. Visitors will be encouraged to vote for their own people's choice award quilt. Announcement of the winner will be made March 15 during a program presented by quilt judge, collector and author Marcia Kaylakie.

Crawford hopes many of the loaned quilts will come from ranching and pioneer families or the descendants of quilt-makers who weathered the Depression in the Southwest. Examples of late 20th and 21st century quilting are also desirable to show how the once-traditional practice has become a contemporary art form.

Exhibit rules include the following:

  • Lenders may enter one or two quilts that were sewn by hand or machine and not shown in the previous "Quilted History" exhibit.
  • Modern, heirloom and antique bed-sized quilts and wall-hangings are welcome.
  • Garments, three-dimensional pieces, coverlets, unfinished tops, yo-yo and crazy quilts are not allowed.
  • The quilts may be pieced, appliquéd or include combinations of different techniques.
  • Each quilt should have the owner's name attached to it.

• Lenders must complete and sign loan paperwork when the quilts are brought in. All quilts will be covered by standard arts insurance while at the NRHC museum.

Quilts with sleeves for hanging will be considered for full-length display and others will be shown folded or draped at the discretion of the curator.

There is no entry fee for this exhibition.

For more information, or to make an appointment to bring quilts to the National Ranching Heritage Center at other times, contact Robin Crawford at (806) 742-0498.

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